DYERSBURG, Tenn. — For 15 years, Eddie Anderson, a farmer, has been a strict adherent of no-till agriculture, an environmentally friendly technique that all but eliminates plowing to curb erosion and the harmful runoff of fertilizers and pesticides.
The CSIRO hopes to plant its first trials of genetically modified barley in Western Australia within weeks.
The scientific organisation planted trial sites of GM wheat and barley in NSW last year and has applied to the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator for permission to extend those trials into the west this year.
Posted by Administrator on April 10, 2010 at 3:21 PM under
Genetically Modified Flowers To Have Long Lasting Aroma
Flowers, due to global warming are losing their fragrance and the only way out is to introduce genetically modified flowers. Making genetically modified flowers, as the only solution, has been suggested by Dr. Abdul Latif Mohamad, the Science and Technology Professor at University Kebangsaan, Malaysia.
Monsanto has revealed that a common insect pest has developed resistance to its flagship genetically modified (GM) product in India. The agricultural biotechnology leader says it "detected unusual survival" of pink bollworms that fed on cotton containing the Cry1Ac gene from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, which codes for a protein that's toxic to many insect pests.
South African farmers suffered millions of dollars in lost income when 82,000 hectares of genetically-manipulated corn (maize) failed to produce hardly any seeds.The plants look lush and healthy from the outside. Monsanto has offered compensation.
Posted by Dr. Mercola on March 30, 2010 at 11:03 PM under
What are Acceptable Alternatives to Agave?
If you are craving something sweet, your best bet is to reach for an apple or a pear. And if you give yourself a sugar holiday for even a couple of weeks, you will be amazed at how much those cravings will decrease. But be sure and count the grams of fructose and keep your total fructose from fruit below 15 grams per day as you are sure to consume plenty of "hidden" fructose in the other foods you will be eating.
You can use the table below to help you count your fructose grams.
Posted by Dr. Mercola on March 30, 2010 at 10:54 PM under
Many people interested in staying healthy have switched to agave as a safer "natural" sweetener. They want to avoid well documented dangerous sweeteners like HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) but are unaware that agave is actually WORSE than HFCS.
So just what is agave?
Blue agave is an exotic plant growing in the rich volcanic soil of Mexico under a hot tropical sun, boasting a stately flower stem that blooms only once in its lifetime.
Posted by Linda Young on March 28, 2010 at 11:56 PM under
Watchdog Group Applauds Court Ruling Against Company For Genetically Modifying U.S. Rice Supplies
Linda Young - AHN Editor
Brussels, Belgium (AHN) - A non-profit European watchdog of multi-national corporations said Wednesday that it welcomed an Arkansas court ruling finding that German corporation Bayer CropScience had 'intentionally' contaminated United States rice supplies.
Posted by E. Huff on March 28, 2010 at 11:52 PM under
Scientists reveal negative impact of Roundup Ready GM crops
by E. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Five studies published in the October 2009 issue of The European Journal of Agronomy reveal the negative impacts of using Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, a formula developed specifically for the company's line of genetically modified (GM) "Roundup Ready" crops.
Posted by Carey Gillam on March 28, 2010 at 11:22 PM under
Lawsuit filed over GMO crops in nature refuge
Tue Mar 2, 2010 2:23pm EST
Environmentalists filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on Monday accusing the service of illegally allowing farmers to grow genetically modified crops in a national wildlife refuge.
The groups said up to 80 other national wildlife refuges across the United States are now growing genetically engineered crops and could be vulnerable to similar legal action.
Posted by Ranjan Bhaduri on March 28, 2010 at 11:08 PM under
Washington, Mar 13, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The United States Food And Drug Administration has asked consumer product giant Procter and Gamble for Pringles recall. The company in accordance to the orders issued by the Food And Drug Administration has promised to recall all of the 80,000 Pringles Potato Snack packets. It is believed that all those packets of Pringles Potato snacks contains contaminated salmonella which is a genetically modified preservative that is prohibited in Japan.
Posted by PRAVDA Reporter on March 28, 2010 at 11:04 PM under
People eating genetically modified food may have rat-short lifespan
Leading expert of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute for higher nervous activity and neurophysiology, Doctor of Biology Irina Yermakova, conducted an experiment on rats. The rodents are traditionally used for important experiments as they have morphology and biochemistry resembling the human ones.
Posted by UC Santa Barbara on March 22, 2010 at 12:55 PM under
Physicists show theory of quantum mechanics applies to the motion of large objects
(Nanowerk News) Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have provided the first clear demonstration that the theory of quantum mechanics applies to the mechanical motion of an object large enough to be seen by the naked eye.
Posted by KIRAN CHUG on March 8, 2010 at 12:06 AM under
Genetically engineered cows could be slaughtered by AgResearch if an application to create more animals with the aim of producing a medicinal super-milk is rejected.
Hearings will begin on Monday into the Crown research institute's application to mix the makeup of cows, sheep and goats with human DNA, and the outcome could have implications for up to 200 cows the agency has already created.
Posted by Aaron Saenz on March 8, 2010 at 12:05 AM under
Ever wanted a rose that smelled like bananas? Maybe a petunia that reeked of root beer? Researchers at the University of Florida Gainesville have isolated 13 genes in flowers that key for the blossom’s fragrance. These same genes hold the secrets to improving the tastes of some fruits.
Posted by Communications Staff on February 15, 2010 at 9:39 PM under
Studying heart failure of mice and men
By Communications Staff Monday, February 1, 2010
Scientists at Robarts Research Institute, working in collaboration with researchers in Brazil, have used a unique genetically-modified mouse line to reveal a previously unidentified mechanism contributing to heart failure.
Posted by Kalyan Ray on February 15, 2010 at 9:02 PM under
GM tomato gives 45-day shelf life
Kalyan Ray, New Delhi, Feb 1, DHNS:
Here is some good news for housewives: A new variety of tomato, which will not rot even after 45 days but remain meaty and succulent, its smooth skin enclosing a jelly of golden seeds and dripping crimson juice, will soon be available with your locality vegetable vendor.
Posted by The Sophia Echo Staff on February 2, 2010 at 12:56 AM under
About 300 people protested in the centre of Sofia against proposed amendments to the Genetically Modified Foods Act (GMFA) on January 31 2010, Bulgarian news agency BTA said.
Protests were held in front of the National Library, under the motto "Clean food, a healthy earth! Bulgaria GM foods free." Later, protesters marched to the buildings of Bulgarian National Television and the Bulgarian Parliament.
Posted by Guenn Johnsen-Gentry on January 31, 2010 at 10:15 PM under
Do we know what's in school lunches?
There's been much recent controversy among many scientists as to the claims made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that genetically modified foods (commonly called GMOs or GMs) are 100 percent safe. They are banned in many other countries outside of the U.S., and we have never performed safety tests on them in this country. Or I should say, we are the test population.
In light of the controversy, I called the Shasta County Office of Education to ask what the official position on GMOs in school lunches was.
While the practice of splicing foreign DNA into food crops has become common in corn and soy, few companies or researchers have dared to apply genetic engineering to plants that provide an essential strut of the U.
Posted by Nanowerk News on January 20, 2010 at 9:31 PM under
Supermarkets urged to lead debate on nanotechnology in foods
(Nanowerk News) Big-name retailers like Tesco and Carrefour should help prepare consumers for innovations in the food sector, according to the top civil servant in the EU executive's directorate for health and consumer protection.
Posted by MARIA CHENG on January 20, 2010 at 9:24 PM under
Scientists chew on possibilities for engineered meat
They have not tasted the pork made in petri dishes, but see tantalizing potential.
BY MARIA CHENG THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LONDON -- Call it pork in a petri dish -- a technique to turn pig stem cells into strips of meat that scientists say could one day offer a green alternative to raising livestock and help alleviate world hunger.
Posted by Frank Morris on January 12, 2010 at 2:15 PM under
Monsanto GMO Ignites Big Seed War
by Frank Morris
January 12, 2010
Even though deep snowdrifts cover his fields in eastern Kansas, Luke Ulrich, a corn and soybean farmer here, is thinking about spring. It's time to buy seed again, but hundreds of seed companies have gone under in the past two decades.
Posted by Claire Robinson and Jonathan Matthews on January 11, 2010 at 1:39 PM under
Was 2009 the year the world turned against GM?
Claire Robinson and Jonathan Matthews
11th January, 2010
Despite promising the world in 2009, biotech corporations have increasingly raised the hackles of scientists and citizens worldwide
2009 was a year in which the biotech industry, Gates and their US Administration allies did everything in their power to drive the world down the GM road, but it was also a year marked by remarkable global resistance.
Posted by Donna Gordon Blankinship on January 8, 2010 at 10:45 AM under
Expert in bio-genetics is new head of agriculture program
for Gates Foundation
By Donna Gordon Blankinship (CP) – Jan 8,
SEATTLE — A man who has focused much of his career on agriculture technology,
including development of genetically-modified seeds, was named Friday as the new
head of agriculture development for the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation.
Posted by Tom Beal on January 4, 2010 at 12:48 PM under
UA researcher says crop pests abroad resistant to
UA researcher says finding poses no immediate threat
By Tom Beal
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
DID YOU KNOW
The genetically introduced toxin that kills the pink bollworm — the
principal pest in Southwestern cotton fields — has proved so effective that
experts are predicting the bug's eradication in the near future.
Posted by Administrator on December 19, 2009 at 6:38 PM under
Market eyed for delayed ripening papaya
Philippines may be able to put in the market by 2011-2012 the
genetically modified (GM) delayed ripening papaya that doubles with a
ring spot virus (RSV)-resistant trait even as private firms like East
West Seed Co. have been inquiring on the commercial readiness of the
The delayed ripening and RSV-resistant papaya just needs to undergo
at least one field trial which will take one season or one year’s
planting before it is finally put into the market, according to Dr.
Posted by FRANK McDONALD on December 19, 2009 at 6:22 PM under
Monsanto tops poll of firms accused over climate change
FRANK McDONALD in Copenhagen
THE US multinational chiefly known for its aggressive marketing of
genetically modified (GM) crops, has emerged as the surprising winner
of the “Angry Mermaid” awards for business lobbyists against taking
action on climate change.
Presented here yesterday by author and
activist Naomi Klein, the premier award went to Monsanto in a poll
conducted mainly on the internet.
Posted by Prof JT Winkler Director, Nutrition Policy Unit, London Metropolitan University on December 19, 2009 at 4:15 PM under
Genetically modified crops: the good news
All discussions of genetically modified crops (Editorial, 4 December) should recognise that there are two basic types of GM.
Agronomic GM seeks to improve the growing properties of the plant, for
example making it weed- or pest-resistant.
Posted by Agweb Blog on December 19, 2009 at 3:54 PM under
Corn refuge acres decrease from 20 to 5 percent
agriculture world has drastically changed over the past 15 years
through genetically modified seeds, and now corn is going to change
again in 2010. Since 1996, corn seeds containing the bacteria protein,
Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) have become farmer's staple corn seed
because it has a natural insecticide built into its DNA that protects
the plant against many insects, including the European Corn Borer.
Posted by Paul Johnson on December 19, 2009 at 3:49 PM under
Modified tadpoles help detect water pollution
Monday, December 7, 2009
By Paul Johnson
LARAMIE — Research conducted by University of Wyoming
Professor Paul Johnson and others demonstrates that genetically
modified tadpoles work well for rapidly detecting water pollution.
In an article published in Environmental Science and Technology, the
scientists demonstrated that African clawed frog tadpoles “light up” in
response to a pollutant, and can indicate the presence of several
chemicals at the same time.
Posted by GREGOR HEARD on December 6, 2009 at 6:41 PM under
GM pesticide claims wrong: Monsanto
03 Dec, 2009 04:40 PM
MONSANTO has hit out at a report from a controversial American academic
which found that rather than reduce pesticide use levels, genetically
modified crops actually use higher rates of chemical, and have led to
severe problems with glyphosate resistance throughout North America.
Posted by Bloomberg.com on December 6, 2009 at 6:07 PM under
China’s GMO Rice, Corn Approval May Boost Food Supply (Update2)
Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- China, the world’s biggest grain
producer, has approved strains of genetically modified rice and
corn that may help ensure food supplies in a country facing
shortages of water and farmland.
The move “has huge implications because this is the first
time a major grain producer is endorsing the use of GMO
technology in a food staple,” said Zhu Zhen, biotechnology
professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Posted by USAgNet on December 6, 2009 at 6:04 PM under
China Approves First GM 'Phytase' Corn
USAgNet - 11/30/2009
The authorities have given approval to the world's first genetically modified phytase maize to Origin Agritech.
Agritech Limited, a biotech company based in Beijing, has received the
Biosafety Certificate from the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture as a
final approval for commercial approval of the world's first genetically
modified phytase corn.
Monsanto has dropped its push for approval from European regulators on
two types of "second generation" genetically modified seeds.
company informed the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that it was
withdrawing its approval request for GM maize LY038 and the stacked
variety LYo38 x MON810, both of which were designed for the express
purpose of accelerating the growth rate of animals.
Posted by GMO-Compass.org on December 6, 2009 at 5:28 PM under
Cultivation of genetically modified plants: more or less pesticide?
(17.11.2009) Two current studies on the environmental
influence of genetically modified (GM) plants arrive at differing results.
According to one study, significantly more pesticide has been applied to fields
since the cultivation of genetically modified plants began in 1996.
Posted by WorldPoultry.net on December 6, 2009 at 5:18 PM under
Debate: Chickens fed GM feed means GM birds 27 Nov 2009
attack on poultry producer Inghams Enterprises could be based on a
technicality with some scientific evidence indicating birds fed on
genetically modified feed are not modified themselves, reports The
National Business Review.
Commerce Commission recently issued Inghams with a warming claiming it
risked breaching the Fair Trading Act through false advertising. The
company advertised its products as being GM-free, contained no GM
ingredients, no added hormones or artificial colours.
Posted by Niu Shuping and Tom Miles on December 6, 2009 at 5:15 PM under
EXCLUSIVE-China gives safety approval to GMO rice
Fri Nov 27, 2009 1:08am EST
* China approves pest-resistant Bt strain as safe
* Large scale production could start in 2-3 years
* Approval follows phytase corn clearance last week
* Corn, rice approvals are first for grains in China (Adds background, detail, quote)
By Niu Shuping and Tom Miles
BEIJING, Nov 27 (Reuters) - China, the world's largest rice producer
and consumer, has approved a locally-developed strain of
genetically-modified rice, paving the way for large-scale production in
2 to 3 years, Chinese scientists said on Friday.
Posted by Kelly Gregor on November 25, 2009 at 1:08 PM under
Chickens fed GM feed do not produce GM meat, scientist says
Kelly Gregor | Tuesday November 24 2009 - 12:04pm
A very public attack on poultry producer Inghams Enterprises could all be based on a technicality with some scientific evidence indicating birds fed on genetically manipulated feed are not modified themselves.
Posted by Dr. Mercola on November 25, 2009 at 1:00 PM under
France's highest court has ruled that U.S. agrochemical giant Monsanto had not told the truth about the safety of its best-selling weed-killer, Roundup. The court confirmed an earlier judgment that Monsanto had falsely advertised its herbicide as "biodegradable" and claimed it "left the soil clean." Roundup is the world's best-selling herbicide.
French environmental groups had brought the case in 2001 on the basis that glyphosate, Roundup's main ingredient, is classed as "dangerous for the environment" by the European Union.
Posted by stuff.co.nz on November 25, 2009 at 11:42 AM under
The Commerce Commission has warned poultry producer Inghams Enterprises it risked breaching the Fair Trading Act with claims that its chickens contained no genetically modified (GM) ingredients.
The commission said today it had completed an investigation into allegations that claims made in consumer and trade magazines and on television between January 2008 and June 2009 were false or misleading under the Fair Trading Act.
Posted by Nasir Imam With Agency Report on November 25, 2009 at 11:20 AM under
Nigeria: 'U.S. Suit Confirms GM Rice Contamination in The Country'
Nasir Imam With Agency Report
12 November 2009
Abuja — The legal action instituted against Bayer CropScience AG by farmers in the United States for allegedly contaminating their farms with Genetically Modified (GM) rice seeds in 2006 is a further confirmation of the validity of tests carried out on rice samples collected by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) in Nigeria and other West African countries within the same period which showed contamination.
Posted by BS Reporter on November 16, 2009 at 12:35 PM under
Experts urge for GM-free Karnataka BS Reporter / Chennai/ Mysore November 12, 2009, 0:41 IST
“We do not want GM (genetically modified) crops which can prove apocalyptic for mankind. Let us say never to Bt-brinjal”. The declaration, along with the demand that state government declare Karnataka GM-free, was made at a state-level conference on genetic engineering, farming and food in Mysore on Saturday.
The conference, jointly held by the Institution of Engineers, Mysore Local Centre, Mysore Grahaka Parishat and Deccan Development Society, Hyderabad, wherein experts placed views for and against genetic engineering (GE).
Posted by Nasir Imam With Agency Report on November 16, 2009 at 12:22 PM under
Nigeria: 'U.S. Suit Confirms GM Rice Contamination in The Country'
Nasir Imam With Agency Report
12 November 2009
Abuja — The legal action instituted against Bayer CropScience AG by
farmers in the United States for allegedly contaminating their farms
with Genetically Modified (GM) rice seeds in 2006 is a further
confirmation of the validity of tests carried out on rice samples
collected by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth
Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) in Nigeria and other West African countries within
the same period which showed contamination.
Posted by LUCY KNIGHT on November 16, 2009 at 12:17 PM under
GM traces prompts bread recall in Denmark
LUCY KNIGHT, JUST BACK FROM DENMARK
16 Nov, 2009 03:30 AM
THE removal of several bread labels from supermarket shelves in Denmark
this week due to traces of genetically modified grains has not shifted
the mood of the country's government to push ahead with research into
the highly controversial crops.
Posted by Carey Gillam on November 12, 2009 at 11:32 PM under
FACTBOX: Who's who in biotech seed arena
Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:07pm EST
(Reuters) - While Monsanto Co is considered a leader in research, development and marketing of genetically modified crops, a handful of other corporate giants are also staking a claim to feeding the world with biotech corn, soy and other crops.
The companies all say they are focused on products that will increase crop yields, aid farmers and offer better nutrition for consumers. Here's a look at some of the top players:
Posted by Becky Striepe on November 12, 2009 at 9:08 PM under
Nope, it’s not a spooky tale left over from Halloween. After word got out that Canada’s flax seed crops had been cross-contaminated with a genetically modified variety, the country’s entire flax industry is in peril.
When the European market got wind of the contamination, they blocked all Canadian flax imports. According to an article in the Globe and Mail, flax prices have fallen from around $11 per bushel to $2 or $3.
As many as 25 percent of the American farmers growing genetically engineered corn are no longer complying with federal rules intended to maintain the resistance of the crops to damage from insects, according to a report Thursday from an advocacy group.
Posted by The Mainichi Daily News on November 3, 2009 at 3:15 PM under
Time for food manufacturers to provide info on GM products
The link between soft drinks and genetically modified (GM) foods is just one facet of the wide use of GM crops in food products. It is estimated that about half of the grains imported by Japan are GM foods whose safety has been confirmed. While GM crops are not used in such products as natto (fermented soybeans), tofu and snack foods, GM-derived cooking-oil, as well as beef and eggs from cows and chickens that have been given GM feed are already on the market.
Posted by Science Daily on November 3, 2009 at 2:11 PM under
What Happens When Wild Boars And Fallow Deer Snack On Genetically Modified Corn?
ScienceDaily (Oct. 28, 2009) — The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation funded a study to address two controversial questions: When wild boar and deer, traditional menu items in the fall, eat genetically modified corn, do transgenic residues accumulate in their meat? Do they spread GM corn via their feces? The answer in each case is no, according to scientists at TUM, the Technische Universitaet Muenchen.
Posted by Green Muze on November 3, 2009 at 12:48 PM under
Ireland Bans Gm Crops
Ireland has been making eco-headlines of late for taking the unusual step of banning the cultivation of genetically modified crops. The Green Isle now joins a growing number of countries that have opted to ban the growing of GM crops including Japan, Egypt and Germany.
GM Free Ireland reports that the Irish Government will now ban the cultivation of all GM crops and introduce a voluntary GM-free label for food – including meat, poultry, eggs, fish, crustaceans, and dairy produce made without the use of GM animal feed.
Posted by Red Orbit on November 3, 2009 at 12:45 PM under
Are GM Foods The Key To Feeding The World?
In a somewhat controversial statement made on Wednesday, England’s elite science academy, The Royal Society, said that world must utilize genetically modified crops in order to feed a rapidly growing global population and reduce the environmental damage of large-scale farming.
The academy’s report referred to the “grand challenge” of feeding an additional 2.
CHENNAI: A week after the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee, the biotechnology regulator of India, gave its nod to cultivate Bt brinjal, activists and farmers under the banner of Tamil Nadu Women’s Collective staged a demonstration in the city demanding a complete ban on the crop in the country.
Posted by LUXEMBOURG on November 3, 2009 at 12:35 PM under
EU farm ministers refuse to okay new GM maize strains
(AFP) – Oct 19, 2009
LUXEMBOURG — European Union farm ministers refused to give their seal of approval on Monday to plans to allow the import of genetically-modified maize from US growers, diplomats said.
During a meeting of European Union agriculture ministers in Luxembourg dominated by crisis in the dairy sector, nations were unable to agree on proposals to greenlight the latest batch of so-called 'Frankenstein foods.
Posted by Down To Earth on November 3, 2009 at 12:31 PM under
GM food can cause cancer
French scientist Gilles-Eric Séralini unmasked the dangers of genetically modified brinjal, almost approved for commercial production in India. He shared with Savvy Soumya Misra his findings on Bt brinjal and Roundup Ready soybean
On the data submitted on Bt brinjal by Mahyco for approval from the Indian government
The data submitted to the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (geac) of the Union environment ministry is not valid; it has not been signed by the scientist who conducted the tests.
Consumers said no to the GM farming giants a decade ago, but that didn’t stop millions of tonnes of their soya entering the food chain
Publish Date: Sunday,18 October, 2009, at 11:36 PM Doha Time
By Felicity Lawrence/London
Ten years ago, when the genetic modification of food was first offered to the British public, it responded with a resounding no, and politicians and the food industry said GM would not be foisted on reluctant consumers.
Posted by Art Threat Beta on November 3, 2009 at 12:22 PM under
Opensourcing GM flowers: “Biopiracy” in the name of art
Imagine a do-it-yourself genetic piracy kit where you could clone genetically modified (GM) plants in your own kitchen and, if you were crazy or creative enough, set them free. Well that’s exactly what the Common Flowers / Flower Commons project has set out to do: revert flower cuttings into their genetically modified origins by transforming cuttings with basic kitchen utensils to create living flowers.
(NaturalNews) Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are the latest travesty thrust upon an unsuspecting public by the greedy, control minded corporations that see the Almighty Sign ($$) as the ultimate in achieving the highest "bottom line" possible.
Posted by Jeffrey M. Smith on November 3, 2009 at 11:40 AM under
Genetically modified food is dangerous By Jeffrey M Smith
All genetically modified crops, in fact, should be considered high-risk. Irrespective of which gene you insert, the process of genetic engineering itself results in massive collateral damage within the plants’ natural DNA.
Posted by David Gutierrez on November 3, 2009 at 11:37 AM under
GM Soy Herbicide Linked to Birth Defects
by David Gutierrez, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The active ingredient of the popular herbicide Roundup, widely used on lawns and genetically modified (GM) crops worldwide, causes birth defects of the brain, heart and intestines even in minuscule doses, Argentinean researchers have found.
"The observed deformations are consistent and systematic," said lead researcher Andres Carrasco, director of the Laboratory of Molecular Embryology at the University of Buenos Aires.
Posted by Greenpeace India on November 3, 2009 at 11:31 AM under
Nestlé India commits to provide GM-free food now & in future: Greenpeace India Monday, October 12, 2009 08:00 IST Mamata Chanda, New Delhi
Greenpeace India, an international Non-Government Organisation (NGO), has delivered anti-Genetically Modified messages on behalf of more than 28,000 consumers across India demanding that Nestlé India commit to providing GM-free food now and in future.
Posted by Administrator on October 8, 2009 at 2:26 AM under
GM will be widespread by 2050 – FAO
28 September 2009
GENETICALLY modified crops will be used ‘to a much greater extent’ over the coming years after the UN issued a rallying cry to farmers to boost production by increasing crop yields without cultivating more land.
A discussion paper put forward by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) last week said a boost in production was essential to feed a global population set to increase by 2.
Posted by Administrator on October 8, 2009 at 2:22 AM under
Cocoon, the fish and meat maker, is the winner of the Electrolux Design Lab 2009 competition. The appliance will supposedly grow meat and fish from prepackaged “genetically modified” meat and fish. Of course, we are talking about something in the future and not something that is expected to be sold anytime soon in your local Wal-Mart.
Posted by Administrator on September 26, 2009 at 6:48 PM under
Science Matters: More science needed on effects of genetically modifying food crops
By David Suzuki With Faisal Moola (CP) – 3 days ago
In gearing up for the 2010 release of its super-genetically modified corn called "SmartStax," agricultural-biotechnology giant Monsanto is using an advertising slogan that asks, "Wouldn't it be better?" But can we do better than nature, which has taken millennia to develop the plants we use for food?
Posted by Administrator on September 26, 2009 at 6:45 PM under
The powerful agriculture biotech industry is dismissive of Smith’s assertions. It portrays Smith as a scaremonger whose claims about the health risks are short on scientific credibility. But this is exactly the point that Smith makes in his even more damning second book, Genetic Roulette: that there is very little science to prove that GM foods are harmless, as the industry claims. On the other, he lists 65 known health risks from GM foods, all of them drawn from well-documented scientific studies and emerging evidence from across the world.
Posted by Administrator on September 26, 2009 at 6:42 PM under
Vietnam to label GM foods from 2015
15:59' 23/09/2009 (GMT+7)
VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam’s Government is drafting a decree governing the safety of biotechnology-based foods, so the labeling of genetically modified foods is expected to start from 2015, according to the HCMC Biotechnology Center.
Regulators improperly granted agricultural giant Monsanto permission to freely sell genetically engineered sugarbeets and seeds, a federal judge has ruled in a lawsuit that sprung from the Willamette Valley.
Posted by Administrator on September 26, 2009 at 6:29 PM under
Nigeria: Issues on Genetically Modified Crops
21 September 2009
Lagos — "With the global movement towards cleaner, renewable energy sources assuming not just greater urgency but becoming an obsession, the country must position itself to pursue all available forms of non-petroleum export earnings."
It is imperative that there should be a holistic and detailed debate on the benefits and safety of genetically modified crops (GMCs) and determine whether their formal adoption for human consumption in Nigeria will be in the national interest.
(NaturalNews) A 43-page study released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) reveals that since the inception of genetically modified (GM or GMO) crops, no significant increases in crop yields can be attributed to them.
(NaturalNews) A 43-page study released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) reveals that since the inception of genetically modified (GM or GMO) crops, no significant increases in crop yields can be attributed to them.
Posted by Administrator on September 26, 2009 at 6:03 PM under
It turns out that when the heat was coming down on Barry Bonds for steroid use, in a paranoid fit he dumped his stash powerful performance enhancing powders, pills, and perks into Canada's Lake Diefenbaker. A few short years later, Barry's trainer turns into a snitch, sports writers hate steroids, and Lake Diefenbaker anglers start shattering IGFA World Records.
Posted by Administrator on September 25, 2009 at 11:15 AM under
Why I Still Oppose Genetically Modified Crops
Introduced more than a decade ago, genetically modified crops are now planted on millions of acres throughout the world. But the fundamental questions about them remain — both about their safety and their long-term impact on global food security and the environment.
by verlyn klinkenborg
For the past dozen years, I’ve been writing editorials opposing the introduction of genetically modified crops.
Posted by Administrator on September 25, 2009 at 11:06 AM under
‘We were wrong,’ scientist says By Greg Henderson (9/17/2009)
Speculations about high-fructose corn syrup were a stretch.
This week America mourned the passing of Norman Borlaug, the great scientist whose development of dwarf wheat varieties helped Third World countries fend off starvation for many of their citizens. Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work and is generally credited for helping save over 1 billion people from starvation.
A great 90 minute film is in theatres now called “Food, Inc.” If you haven’t seen “The Future of Food”, you may be interested in the eye-opening but sickening details in this movie by award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner.
Posted by Administrator on September 17, 2009 at 10:18 AM under
European alert over GM flax 'devastating': NFU
By Neil Scott, Saskatchewan News NetworkSeptember 12, 2009
There were differing opinions Friday about the potential impact on Canadian flax imports to Europe after an alert was issued about Canadian flax contaminated with genetically modified material being possibly discovered in Europe.
Posted by Administrator on September 17, 2009 at 10:13 AM under
A plate full of toxins Vandana Shiva
Sept.11 : In times when food is genetically manipulated and chemically contaminated, the metaphor "food for thought" can also stand for manipulated information and be toxic food for thought. Unfortunately, Dr M.S. Swaminathan's GM: Food for Thought (August 26), is as manipulated as the genetically-modified (GM) foods which were the subject of his article.
Posted by Administrator on September 17, 2009 at 10:00 AM under
Anti-GM extremists strike again
When those who oppose something consider it legitimate to destroy it, they are viewed as extremists, perhaps even fundamentalists or terrorists. These days we mostly hear about the Islamic kind, but in Europe there are also anti-GM extremists.
Last month, field trials of genetically modified barley were destroyed in Iceland.
Posted by Administrator on September 11, 2009 at 10:16 AM under
Seed company Monsanto plans deeper staff cuts
September 10, 2009 3:07 PM EDT
ST. LOUIS - Monsanto Co., the world's biggest seed maker, said Thursday it plans to make deeper work force cuts than previously announced, saying it will reduce its staff by about 8 percent to cut costs.
The St. Louis-based company also said its 2009 earnings would come in at the low end of its previous forecast due in part to weaker than expected results from Roundup and other herbicides.
Posted by Administrator on September 8, 2009 at 12:07 AM under
What's on your plate?
Next time you are asked to eat up your vegetables, find out if it was organically cultivated. Ask if pesticides were used. Try to eat healthy to stay healthy. GM is a science that works to bring in changes in the genetic makeup of organisms like plants, animals or seeds. Basically it is about altering their natural state.
How many times were you convinced that vegetables, notably of the green variety were designed to kill? For once you might just be right.
Posted by Administrator on September 7, 2009 at 11:58 PM under
Chickens refusing to eat the maize they had been fed has led to the discovery that their feed had been genetically modified to include a well-known weed and insect killer.
Strilli Oppenheimer’s indigenous African chickens were refusing to eat the mealies in the chicken feed bought from a large supplier. Concerned that the birds may be ingesting genetically modified maize, she had the maize tested.
The results confirmed Oppenheimer's initial suspicion -- the maize had been genetically engineered to produce proteins that are toxic to certain insects and weeds.
Posted by Administrator on September 7, 2009 at 11:55 PM under
United Kingdom: Supermarkets hardly can further avoid gene-technology food products
(07 September 2009) The large supermarket chains in the United Kingdom do not obtain enough ‘gene-technology-free’ raw materials on the world market. This results in significant difficulty in continuing to sell only food products without gene-technology constituents that are subject to labelling.
Posted by Bryan Walsh on September 7, 2009 at 11:29 PM under
Monday, Sep. 14, 2009
By Bryan Walsh
It's as true in today's world as it was in the antebellum South: cotton is king. The plant has been cultivated for its fiber for over 7,000 years, and today it's grown by more than 20 million farmers in some 80 countries. But while cotton accounts for nearly 40% of the fiber used worldwide to make clothing, there's one thing the plant has never been able to do well: feed people.
Posted by Administrator on August 17, 2009 at 1:50 PM under
In Coming Harvests, Farm-aceutical Corn - Even Spermicide
NEBRASKA, Oct. 8, 2002
"Instead of spending several hundred million dollars and waiting five years to build a factory you can actually increase the amount of antibody you make by growing more corn." - Mich Hein, founder of biotech firm Epicyte
(CBS) It's in the middle of nowhere Nebraska, an island of corn in an ocean of soybeans.
Posted by Administrator on August 14, 2009 at 8:49 AM under
Egypt denies banning GMO crop imports
Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:05am EDT
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's agriculture minister has not issued a decision to ban the import of genetically modified crops, the state news agency MENA said on Thursday, denying an earlier report.
The agency quoted an unnamed official at the Agriculture Ministry as stating that earlier reports citing Amin Abaza ordering that a certificate accompany all imports to show they were free of genetically modified materials were "not correct.
Posted by Administrator on July 31, 2009 at 5:16 PM under
GM foods impact on our health
July 30, 11:12 AM · Kate Johnson - Minneapolis Nutrition Examiner
Genetically modified, or GM, foods are negatively affecting our health and are linked to increasing rates of infertility in our population. In a study by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety lab rats fed GM corn showed a dramatic decrease in fertility rates.
Posted by Administrator on July 28, 2009 at 9:17 AM under
t's no secret that I have a difficult time accepting genetically modified (GM) foods at face value. My primary concerns have to do with what we know, and, more importantly don't know about how this "promising" technology may or may not be impacting human health and our environment.
For those who prefer to avoid serving as human lab rats, myself included, our non-GM food options, according to advocates of GM food, boil down to eating USDA Certified Organic, which do not allow any genetically modified seed or crops to be used on such labeled food products.
Posted by Administrator on July 26, 2009 at 2:16 PM under
grocery shoppers are aware of the stickers found on the majority of
produce. These stickers assist the teller in determining exactly what
type of produce you are buying and charging it out correctly at the
register in addition to assisting in inventory management.
can you tell if you are purchasing conventional, organic or genetically
modified produce? Well, it’s easier than you may have thought; just
look at the code. Organic produce has a five digit code beginning with
a 9, conventional produce has a four digit code and genetically
modified produce has a five digit code beginning with an 8.
Posted by Administrator on July 22, 2009 at 9:47 AM under
Activists campaign against introduction of GM food
July 18th, 2009 - 6:09 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Dozens of green activists, dressed to pose as brinjals, Saturday held demonstrations and urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to introduce genetically modified (GM) food in the country, saying it is a biological and health hazard.
Posted by Administrator on July 22, 2009 at 9:05 AM under
Monsanto Co. is moving back into the business of developing genetically modified wheat, a development that the Washington Grain Alliance says will help keep wheat competitive with other food crops.
The world' leading seed producer announced a deal Tuesday to pay $45 million to buy a Bozeman research and development business, marking the end of Monsanto' five-year hiatus from changing the genetic structure of wheat.
Posted by Administrator on July 22, 2009 at 8:30 AM under
FRANCE-BAN ON GM CORN. France will maintain a ban on genetically-modified corn from U.S. biotech giant Monsanto Co. (MON) until the environmental risks are clarified, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Thursday.
"France is maintaining the suspension while it awaits a (European) Commission decision which it will respect," Fillon said at a joint press conference with commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels.
His comments came shortly after France’s food watchdog said it had concluded that the genetically modified corn is safe, contradicting an earlier report that led to the French ban.
Posted by Aministrator on July 22, 2009 at 8:22 AM under
Clinton harps on `technology' to provide food security
Rumu Banerjee, TNN 20 July 2009, 01:06am IST
NEW DELHI: Days after the government said it was planning to introduce genetically modified food crops in the country in three years, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton gave a clear indication of the US administration's approval of deploying `cutting-edge technology' to raise crop yields.
Posted by Administrator on July 22, 2009 at 6:58 AM under
Austria pushes for GMO opt-out clause European Biotechnology News, July 15 2009 http://greenbio.checkbiotech.org/news/austria_pushes_gmo_opt_out_clause
The cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the European Union could soon no longer be decided by scientific facts, but by political preferences. Fourteen member states – among them France, Poland and Portugal – say each of the 27 nations of the EU should be allowed to decide independently of scientific risk assessments whether or not to allow GMO cultivation on their territory.